I’m not sure if you started today with a sun salutation, but it’s International Yoga Day! Today, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, we celebrate the over 5000 year old practice that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, says “embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between [hu]man and nature…”
Here are seven facts on yoga and it’s numerous mental, physical, and spiritual benefits…
1. Yoga’s Meaning
The term “yoga” originates from the Sanskrit “yuj”, which literally means “to join” or “to unite”. Many who adopt a regular yoga practice consider it to encompass an integration of mind, body, and spirit.
The Bhagavad-Gita (a 700-verse portion of the Hindu scripture Mahabharata) yoga as “skill in action” while the Yoga Sutra (Patanjali’s ancient text that dates back to 400 CE and is considered the foundation of yoga philosophy) defines yoga as “the restraint of the agitation of thoughts”.